Leadership of Free Media Vanguards is reporting successfully completing arrangements with the Ghana Police Service on an intended protest dubbed, ‘March for Free Expression’.
The protest, slated for 21st May, 2019 and in compliance with the Public Order Act will start from the El Wak Sports Stadium at 7:00 am, through the 37 Military Hospital roads to the headquarters of the National Communications Authority (NCA) at Airport City.
According to the Media Vanguards, there is a need to safeguard the fundamental human rights of free expression, which has recently come under the yoke and threatening the media landscape and the work of journalists.
The group, in a release signed by Prince Minka, the convener, indicated the march is symbolic because of the recent onslaught on media establishments and the assault and threats on journalists who are only fulfilling their professional mandates.
The release states, “We hereby invite the general public and all who believe in safeguarding the fundamental human rights of free expression to join the march as we press for a freer and safer environment for the media and journalists.”
“We urge all to come along with plasters over their mouths in symbolic demonstration of condemnation over the recent dangerous crackdown and repression of free speech.”
The media landscape has witnessed unusual activities lately when Tiger PI investigator, Ahmed Hussein Suale, was shot dead while sitting in his car in traffic.
His murder has been attributed to his work with Anas Aremeyaw Anas on the #12 Video, which exposed corruption in the Ghana Football Association and football in general.
Following this gruesome incident, several journalists received death threats for their work including Edward Adeti of Starr Fm and Manasseh Azure of the Multimedia Group, who was forced into exile for his investigative piece that exposed the existence of a vigilante group at the former seat of government, the Osu Castle.
Other journalists have been assaulted during the cause of work by both members of the police service and political party supporters casting a very dark shadow on the work of journalist.
The media was yet to overcome the sudden threats to its members when the NCA pounced on Radio Gold, XYZ and several other radio stations for supposedly failing to renew their licenses and casting yet another blight, on Ghana’s media landscape and free speech.